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Steinberg’s MMQB: First impressions matter

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The winter of 2019 saw unprecedented movement in free agency, but it also set us up for a long waiting game. How would these big name players look in their new uniforms? It took us four months to find out, and on a few fronts, the answers we received were extremely positive.

Mike Reilly was without a doubt the biggest name that moved as free agency opened up. But while he was struggling in his first start with the BC Lions, his replacement in Edmonton was living up to the hype. Trevor Harris’s debut with the Eskimos was as good as you could have asked for, which shouldn’t be a surprise.

Harris came to Edmonton after three strong years in Ottawa and a well-earned reputation as an accurate and effective passer. After all, he entered 2019 as the CFL’s most accurate passer ever, active or retired. Coming into the season, Harris was clipping at over 70 per cent for his career completion record, albeit with plenty of football still to be played.

He lived up to that in a big way in Friday’s 32-25 Eskimos at home to Montreal. Harris completed almost 80 per cent of his 41 passes against the Als, throwing for 447 yards and three touchdowns; he rushed for an additional major, as well. While the expectations were high, fans in Edmonton had to be breathing a little easier knowing the big shoes Harris was signed to fill.

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Again, though, this shouldn’t be shocking. The fit with Head Coach and Offensive Coordinator Jason Maas seemed pretty natural on paper; it looked even more........